Education: Learning and Teaching MA

Duration and mode of study

Part-time over three years. Combination of face-to-face teaching and self study.

Start Dates

October each year.

Entry requirements

You must usually have at least a second class degree or its equivalent, and qualified teacher status or suitable experience in an educational setting. Please contact us if you are uncertain whether your qualifications are suitable.

Course aims

The MA in Education: Teaching and Learning programme (MAE:LT) offers practising teachers a wealth of opportunities to learn from both peers and expert practitioners in a supportive but academically rigorous environment. You will engage with recent academic research and develop the critical, analytical and reflective skills essential to any teacher, whilst exploring contemporary government policy, curriculum and classroom-based issues. Our tutors are all established scholars and/ or practitioners in their fields, and offer their expertise at whole group and individual level, with tutorial support built into every module.

If you study the MAE:LT programme over 3 years, you will choose an elective module in Year 1 and a further elective module in Year 2. In Year 3, you will take the Professional Enquiry which is a core module taken by all students to complete the MA. Most modules have an average of eight face-to-face taught sessions during the year, some including twilight and Saturday sessions. All modules have a minimum of two and maximum of four assessments during the year, some including a presentation. Click on the module link below for specific details.

Course modules

There are both subject specific strands and more specialised routes such as the nationally recognised SEBDA and Dyslexia courses for which you also gain professional accreditation. There will be at least eight options available each year.

Year 1

Choose two option modules from the list below (If you are granted a 60 credit exemption you are not required to complete Year 1. If you are granted a 30 credit exemption you are not required to complete Semester 1, so would commence your studies in January)

Year 2

Choose two option modules from the list below.

Year 3

Professional enquiry.

Available option modules:

*Requires completion of Part 1 before this module can be selected

 Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL)

You can apply for APCL if you have 60 Masters Level credits gained during a PGCE that you completed within the last five years. In this case, you can claim exemption from the first year of study on the MAE:LT programme. Alternatively, you can claim an exemption if you have gained equivalent 30 or 60 Masters Level 7 credits in the last five years and can demonstrate that your prior learning matches one of the modules' learning outcomes.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you have significant relevant experience you may be eligible to apply for 30 or 60 credits towards your MAE:LT. You can apply for APEL if you can demonstrate (by undertaking some written tasks) that your professional experience allows exemption from 30 or 60 credits of these two modules:

  • Effective Pedagogy and Assessment
  • Developing Leadership in Education

Further information regarding APCL and APEL will be provided when you apply for the MAE:LT programme.

Teaching and assessment methods

Most of our modules, which you would take in the first two years, are taught courses, with seven days at the University spread over each year. There is also a requirement for additional study (equivalent to one day a term) for developmental work in your own school or with colleagues from the course, plus personal time for reading and assignments.

Assessment for Year One and Year Two will use a variety of methods, depending on the course taken. These might, for example, include a reflective journal, a short presentation about a pupil’s learning, an essay and a study undertaken in your place of work.

In the third year, instead of a traditional dissertation, you will join the Professional Enquiry course. This begins with taught sessions on research methods to provide you with the background you need for a study undertaken in your own school or setting. We will help you decide upon a topic for your enquiry, and will provide you with specialist support.

Find out more about this course on the School of Education website.


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